One mom shared her story of giving birth unexpectedly in the parking garage of her local B&Q.
Laura Moore, 26, from Cannock, Staffordshire had hoped to welcome her baby during a quiet water birth at home, but when her blood pressure started rising during contractions on October 21 earlier this year she was advised to go straight to hospital. .
Design agency assistant and fiancé, also 26, Dan Coppinger, were on their way to the maternity ward 12 miles away, when mom was just a few minutes from home, having a craving for payment.
“We hadn’t left the house very often and suddenly something changed and I felt the need to push,” Moore explains.
“I yelled at Dan to stop, but at first he didn’t think I was serious and said we should go to the hospital.”
But, realizing that his partner wasn’t joking, Coppinger frantically searched for a safe place to stop.
“When he walked into the store’s parking lot, I thought I can’t do it here, I’m not giving birth in the parking lot of my Ford Focus!” Moore says.
“But our baby didn’t give me a choice.”
Copinger quickly realized the urgency of the situation, realizing that his second child would not wait and that he would have to make a newborn himself out of a DIY shop.
“Dan called an ambulance and asked him to check the baby’s head,” Moore continues.
“We had car seats in the back of our car, so I couldn’t lie down and had to stay in the passenger seat.
“With my son I had an epidural in the hospital, but this time my body took over and I knew it was time.”
The teen sweethearts, who have met at school and have engaged since 2018, also have a son, two-year-old William.
“Dan was on the phone in the ambulance and managed to get towels and blankets out of the hospital bags.
“It was at the birth of William, but this time it was more effective in the birth process.”
Seconds before Millie-Rose Coppinger’s birth, two ambulances and a community midwife arrived and the baby was delivered safely at 7.16 am.
The couple chose not to know their sex before giving birth, so it was a double surprise for everyone.
Moore had arranged for her sister-in-law to watch her young child, and once she was safely at the hospital, Coppinger, a prominent graphic designer, called the family to share her news and announce that she had welcomed a healthy daughter.
“Our families couldn’t believe it when we told them we didn’t make it to the hospital,” Moore adds. “They were so shocked when we told them where she was born.”
“I go pretty easy and didn’t have a birth plan set in stone because I know things can change, but it definitely wasn’t the birth I was hoping to have,” Moore says as she reflects on her daughter’s dramatic arrival.
“When I said I wanted pictures of my work, I didn’t mean to store the security cameras,” she jokes.
While she was disappointed not to give birth in the water at home, Moore was ultimately grateful for her daughter’s safe arrival.
“We had the pool ready, but when the midwives told me my blood pressure was too high, I knew it was safer to go to the hospital, and try really well,” she says.
Her arrival, a couple of days ago, might have been a little exciting, but Millie-Rose has settled pretty well at home since then.
“She is now three weeks old and we can’t remember life without her,” Moore adds.
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